Representing Workers Who Suffered Retaliatory Actions
The law firm of Schimmel & Parks, APLC, offers aggressive legal representation to employees who have been victims of illegal retaliatory actions by their employers. If, after engaging in a protected activity, you have been fired, demoted, transferred against your will or endured another punishment, we can help. Based in Sherman Oaks and serving throughout Southern California, our lawyers will work diligently to protect your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Some employers may argue that they did not engage in retaliatory behavior. Instead, they may claim that they punished a worker due to poor performance at work. Our attorneys engage in a comprehensive evaluation of your employment case. We seek to uncover any injustices you experienced from your employer and hold them accountable while protecting your professional reputation.
What Are Protected Actions?
California and federal law offer a number of safeguards to workers. For example, it is illegal to take an adverse action against a worker – or threaten to – if they have reported instances of:
- Unpaid wages
- Sexual harassment
- Overtime violations
- Serving on a jury
Likewise, it is illegal to punish an employee for refusing to sign a restrictive covenant, or for filing for workers’ compensation.
In addition, whistleblower protection laws extend to workers who report violations of the law or breaches of the public trust. It is illegal for public and private employers to terminate, demote or otherwise retaliate against a whistleblower. These regulations also apply to workers who refuse to follow orders that would violate the law.
What Does Retaliation Look Like?
Retaliation applies to more than just a wrongful termination. Additional retaliatory measures that are illegal for an employer to take include:
- Unwarranted disciplinary actions
- Poor performance reviews
- Exclusion from meetings and ongoing training
- Denied promotion, pay raise or bonus
- Reduced wages or hours
- Increased workload
We have protected workers in a broad range of industries against such actions. We can assist you, too, when you need legal support.
We Will Work To Protect Your Rights
With more than 70 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge of local, state and federal employment law needed to help you reach a favorable outcome. Schedule an initial case review with our lawyers by calling 818-922-8544 or by sending us an email.